Cagayan Safari

Book this safari

PHP 98,000

  • 7 nights in double room
  • Full board
  • Unlimited diving
  • VIP flight transfer from and to Sipalay
Highlights of Cagayancillo

Truly remote islands in the middle of the Sulu Sea enjoy the sights of western Negros and the Cagayan Archipelago as you travel here in a small but cozy personally chartered airplane. A typical 9-hour boat ride here is cut just to 30 minutes air travel with much more spectacular views on the way.

The arduous travel time here from the mainland ensures that you will be the only tourists on the island and most importantly the only divers in the area. No underwater views chock full of bubbles here just you and your dive buddies to enjoy the impressive underwater sights for your selves!

Our eco-resort provides basic but quality ‘glamping’ style accommodation making it a unique and comfortable experience for you in Cagayancillo.

Enjoy day trips to even more remote locations such as Calusa Island and Bonbon Island that will not only satisfy your sense of adventure and exploration but provides a great quality diving as well.

During our last day we finish the dives early so as to make sure we get the PADI recommended 18-hour break before flying after diving. Relax in the resort in by the beach or join our town excursion and learn about history and life here in Cagayancillo.

The two main attractions above the water on Cagayancillo are the church and fort built during the Spanish Colonial Era. It is surprising to such impressive architecture in such a remote part of the world. The Fort is built mainly by sea rocks and limestone and is situated along a small cliff along the coast giving some impressive views of Cagayancillo.

As we walk around the main town and you can watch the locals collect seaweeds from the many ‘bancas’ that line the beach. You may meet and talk with the friendly locals who always have a smile to offer. Observe the life that makes it possible to live in such a remote part of the world.

Finish the tour with a cold beer on the way back to the resort for a delicious dinner.

Cagayan Islands

The Cagayan islands are on top of the Cagayan ridge that has a length of 500 km and a width of 30 km. The ridge connects the Cagayan islands with the Tubbataha Reef as well as Borneo and emerged from extinct volcanoes thousands of years ago. While parts of it sank again, declined, or eroded, corals grew there over the years up to 100m high.

The archipelago, which is 120 km away from Sipalay, consists of 31 islands. Only a few of them are inhabited. As all islands are flat and overgrown with bushes and palm trees, the region is often compared to the Maldives. From December until April the climate is less humid than between May and November while the temperature is high all over the year.

Diving in Cagayancillo

Cagayancillo is an underwater ridge sculpted by extinct volcanoes that end in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. It is the best destination for divers who love walls, corals, and pelagic fishes and don’t want to stay on the boat overnight.

Accommodation

Our new Easy Diving Eco-Resort was completed in January 2020. Our Luxury Glamping Tents are equipped with very high-quality beds and mattresses. During the day we are connected to the power grid, at night we are supplied by our solar power system. All sockets meet European standards. A brick building with four showers and toilets is available for personal hygiene. The accommodation can be booked for kingsize or twin beds and single occupancy is also available.

The eco-resort will give you an absolutely wonderful, heavenly experience in an environment that still represents the original Philippines. Since the islands are remote, you will have a slightly smaller menu with simple but always freshly prepared meals. Nevertheless, the proper service from Easy Diving is guaranteed. Back to the roots, but in style! Alcoholic beverages are also available but not included in the Safari price.

Diving

In the morning there is coffee and snacks on the way to the first dive, afterwards breakfast is served on the boat. After breakfast, the first dive is the deepest. The other two dives are shallower, so you will normally do three dives a day before we return to the bay at around 4 PM. Between the dives there is lunch, snacks, fruits, water, various non-alcoholic drinks, tea, and coffee on the boat as usual.

Night dives inside the lagoon are always possible. Of course we can adapt the program for the guests‘ wishes. The ship is equipped with a compressor, modern means of communication, safety gear, a first-aid kit, and oxygen.

Every diver is obliged to bring his own dive computer, an underwater lamp and a Surface Marker Buoy/SMB!

After the Safari you have the opportunity to explore the main island and get to know its lovely inhabitants. In order to guarantee a safe flight back to Sipalay your last dive ends before 1 PM on the sixth day. As a consequence, you have a break of at least 18 hours.

Boats

Goya

Constructed in 2008
Length: 30m
Width: 4,8m
Bunks: 4
Toilet / shower: 1
Engine: 1 Isuzu GRA1 250HP
Speed: 12 Knots
Reach: 800 NM
Freshwater tank: 800Li
Navigation: GPS, compass, sonar
Communication: VHF Radio, satellite telephone
Power supply: 12V / 24V DC + 220V
Service boat: Dinghy with 15HP outboard engine

Royo

Constructed in 2008
Length: 30m
Width: 4,8m
Bunks: 4
Toilet / shower: 1
Engine: 1 Isuzu GRA1 250HP
Speed: 12 Knots
Reach: 800 NM
Freshwater tank: 800Li
Navigation: GPS, compass, conar
Communication: VHF radio, satellite telephone
Power supply: 12V / 24V DC + 220V
Service boat: Dinghy with 15HP outboard engine

Transfers

To treat you as the Very Important Person that you are to us, you fly with a Cessna with six seats to Cagayancillo. This unique transfer lasts 25 minutes and provides you with amazing first impressions.

You return to Sipalay the same way where you are picked up at the runway. Then you are brought to Easy Diving in a van where you will be received on the Easy Diving and Beach Resort white sandy beach.